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September 11, 2019 / Heather

Small Update

Because I Am Awake is still on track for my planned/scheduled release date.

I’m not doing a cover reveal yet.

Proof copy #2 arrives tomorrow.

I’m thoroughly excited.


Unexpected Moments is on track right now for my planned/scheduled release date.

I’ve got a lot of work to do on it and most of that will happen during some late nights this weekend.


I recently got a PlayStation 4 and I’ve been gaming nightly with Vitca (or almost nightly). It’s been a really fun change of pace and a great stress relief. We use party chat while we game so it’s easier to talk and I forgot how much I enjoy gaming with someone.


Have a Jade picture because she’s adorable. (It’s an old pic.)

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Peace for now all.

~H

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August 28, 2019 / Heather

Proofs, Edits, & Writing

As I start typing this my wrist is already hurting me, but I wanted to get SOMETHING out this week because I didn’t last week and I don’t know if I’ll get something out next week.

If you follow my Facebook page you may have already seen I ordered a proof copy of “Because I Am Awake” and it arrived and I’ve basically been in shock since. I’m not doing a cover reveal yet.

While I was away last week (I was dog sitting) I managed to get the next (and final?) round of edits done for “Unexpected Moments”.

At work today I spent a little over 6 hours at a computer. Most of that was typing. A lot of typing.

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I’m now sitting at home working on “Unexpected Moments” because instead of making the changes like I’d done before I decided that making a new document and typing everything fresh would be better. While it IS better and I have the time to do so, my wrist isn’t thrilled because typing and typing and typing is not fun for it. Such is the life I lead.

There is something satisfying about knowing that I’ve got 25% of “Unexpected Moments” typed back up though. And the cover is waiting. It’s been finished for quite some time.

If I get the chance to talk about it in a coming post I’ll share what I’m going to work on for NaNoWriMo this November! 😀 I’ve known what I’m going to work on for a while. It’s exciting and kind of nerve-wracking at the same time. It’s an idea I had a few years ago and never touched. It’s calling to me now.

TL;DR

My project list:

  • “Because I Am Awake”
    • Cover reveal
    • Release (these might be one thing)
  • “Unexpected Moments”
    • Finish typing everything fresh
    • Cover
    • Proof process
    • Cover reveal/release
  • NaNoWriMo
    • All of the things.
    • Seriously, I’ve got basic ideas right now.
    • I don’t even have plot or characters yet.

Peace for now all.

~H

August 15, 2019 / Heather

Writing Groups

A lot of people have some experience with writing Groups and some people have no experience with them. This is mostly just my thoughts about writing groups and my experiences.

The first group I ever attended did not do me good. I made a friend or two, but the structure was rough, the critique wasn’t always good, and I didn’t feel good going. I was also the youngest one there.

The second group I attended was years after I stopped going to the first. A friend from group 1 talked with me about it and I made friends with that whole group. I felt welcome. Always. The structure was more open and, well, welcoming. That group was told to stop meeting as hosted from the library, but we picked it back up ourselves. This group has been immensely helpful for me. I still go to this group.

The third group I’m going to just started meeting. Seriously, yesterday was the first meeting. I already feel welcome and I’m excited to keep going back. The format is different from the other two and I’m excited to see how it grows.

I also have a couple of groups online where we discuss a lot of things. One in particular I met on DeviantArt.com in the chatrooms and they are so wonderfully eccentric and amazing that I love having them in my life and consider them family.

Not everyone likes writing groups. And that’s okay! That’s great even! I wouldn’t be where I’m at without the group’s I’ve been in and that’s my experience. I went to one that wasn’t a fit for me so I stopped going. Not every group fits every writer.

Why do I mention these now? One because the new group just started and two because NaNo is coming up in just over 2 months. 😱

Another reason is my posts might slow down slightly. Currently I meet (almost) every Tuesday with a friend for a writing project, the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays I have one writing group, the 2nd Wednesdays of the months I have another writing group, and then there’s the 2 books in trying to work on getting out along with working and holding not only somewhat of a social life, but holding a healthy relationship. When did I get a life? O.o It truly baffles me.

Do any of you have questions about writing groups? Experience with them? Share your thoughts and experiences! I’d love to know!

~H

August 7, 2019 / Heather

10 Years? O.o

I don’t tend to talk a lot about my past.

… At least, I don’t think I’ve talked a lot about my past. Have I?

Anyway…

August 3rd was my high school 10 year reunion.

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It’s hard to believe that I graduated high school 10 years ago. On one hand, it doesn’t feel like it’s been that long. On the other hand… It feels like we’ve been out for a lot longer.

I went with my sister since she didn’t have work and I’d just gotten off work. It was basically a joke. It was nice to see some of the people that I’d gone to school with, but… I was kind of weirded out. I don’t look like I did back in school. My clothes, hair, glasses… There’s a lot that’s changed, but yet people recognized me left and right.

It was weird!

I’m still working on the book, so don’t fear. Right now it’s still a bunch of technical stuff. I’m eagerly looking through things and preparing to send things in for the possibility of physical proofs.

Yeah… Physical proofs. Just… It’s hard to believe in a way. This has been a dream of mine for a long time. And once I have something physical there’s no turning back. There’s no turning back now anyway.

I’m too excited for this.

That’s all for now everyone. Peace.

~H

July 31, 2019 / Heather

Short Post

Sorry there isn’t a big post this week folks. I’m still working on the book, but there’s nothing fun to share now. It’s currently all detail work. I’m still on track for my planned release.

July 24, 2019 / Heather

Poetry Book Update: Title

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If you saw my last post you’ll know that I was close to finishing the poetry book that I’ve been working on for a while.

While it’s not fully done, all the poems are written, they’re in order, and the file has been created and I’ve tested it a little. I’ve got a front cover and a back cover (for physical copies) so basically now it’s just detail work to make sure it’s correct and exactly how I want it. Other than that, it’s done.

The title? “Because I Am Awake”.

I’m not sharing the cover yet.

For now, I’m going to take a little me time and figure a few things out.

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Basically this means I’m going to focus on getting some reading done and lining up my project list so I know what to work on next and what will need done for those projects. It also means watching a few movies that I’ve been meaning to watch for a long time. Like Underworld: Blood Wars, and Adaptation. One of my friends is very excited because I checked out Adaptation on his recommendation.

My next post will likely have an update about what I’m reading or something else in it. For now, on to the reading. Peace all.

~H

July 10, 2019 / Heather

Book Update!

If you’ve been keeping up with me you know I’ve been working on a poetry book. If you’re just now joining us welcome aboard the ride.

The book will be a total of 227 poems.

Over last weekend I finished writing the last of the 227.

Also over the weekend a cover was officially made.

Monday I finished figuring out the order the poems would go in (spoiler, next time they’re going in the order I write them because hoooooly hell that was near 5 hours of random number picker).

Today my plan is to binge-watch Pushing Daisies while basically throwing everything together into the one file for the book.

Folks… All I have left is making everything one file and figuring out the formatting. And I’m kind of freaking out about it.

I’m close to the end of this project.

And I know what project will be after it because that’s a project those of you who have been following this for a while are familiar with.

Don’t get me wrong, there are still things that could go wrong, but I’m finally at the point where I don’t feel like the deadline I gave myself for this project is looming over my head menacingly. I’m looking forward to what should hopefully be several hours of staring at a computer screen and throwing things in place.

Hopefully next week I will have another update on this project or the other one I’ll be working on. Peace for now all.

~H

June 26, 2019 / Heather

Camp NaNo – July 2019

I’ve known for a while what I was going to be working on for Camp NaNo in July.

And yes, the information will be on my Camp NaNo project page if it isn’t already.

So what will I be working on?

I’ll be aiming to finish writing poems for the poetry book I’ve been working on.

And maybe I’ll eventually have a cover for it too.. We’ll see. I still need to settle down on what title I want to use for the story. We’ll see…

In November and a little after that I went kind of crazy with making covers for stories I had already written and it was easy and a nice break from the crazy that was writing or editing, whatever I was doing that day (after finishing NaNo I may have gone back to some edits for another project. I can’t fully remember as I’ve slept since then…) and since I can do that from my phone it’s super easy.

By the end of July I’m going to have (at least) 227 poems that will be for the book. I’ve been trying to have as many details for the book sorted out as I can so when it comes down to crunch time I’m all set.

My original plan was to have 93 poems to write for July (3 a day), but at the rate I’ve been going some days I might not even have that many to write. If you think I’m slacking I’d love to see you write a poem a day for a week or two and then come back and see how “easy” it was. Even though I’ve been writing poetry for… Oof… 15+ years there are some days that I go to write poetry and just… Can’t.

There are also days I’ve sat to write and without thinking about it I’ve cranked out 10+ poems. So who knows how Camp is going to go. I’ve been keeping a good track of how many I’ve written, so I know what I’ve got and I’ve got all sorts of stats and spreadsheets of sorts and just… Math has seriously been involved in this process.

If you would have told me back in high school that math would be my friend one day I would have probably looked at you like you were crazy and then thought about it and gone “yeah, math will be involved”. But I didn’t think enjoying math to this level would be in my life.

Happy Camping, folks!

~H

June 19, 2019 / Heather

ML: Year 2

If you’ve been following this blog for any time you’re likely aware I participate in a month of crazy in November called NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) in which the goal is to write a whole story of no less than 50,000 words in the month of November (you can plot all you want before hand).

If you’ve been following me for around a year or so you might also be aware that last year I was ML (Municipal Liaison) for my local region. (This just means I was in charge of getting information out to WriMos and setting up events and such.) Last year I had a co-ML who wasn’t really around.

This year I’m going to be ML again for my region. And so far I don’t have a co-ML it appears. I’m excited to be a “returning” ML for my region. I already let some of my region people know via a chat we have on Slack and some of them have expressed joy with this. (At least… I hope it’s joy and not sarcasm.)

I’m hoping to do a better job as ML for the 2019 season than I feel I did for the 2018 season. And in my ML application I did mention that I feel I could have done better and if selected as ML for the 2019 year I was going to do better by my region.

Even before the applications went out for the 2019 MLs I was thinking of ideas and things to do to be better for the 2019 season. I figured the worst that could happen would be I’d send a message to whoever the ML or MLs were and give them information based on what I was thinking from having been an ML last year.

If I do end up having a co-ML for the 2019 season I’ll share that same information with him/her/them.

~H

June 12, 2019 / Heather

Bizarre Adventures

If he sees this title Vitca is going to get a laugh out of it. He knows what this post is about. He’s known what this post was going to be about since I decided I wanted to post about it.

And it’s all. His. Fault.

I’m not joking…

He got me watching a show called “Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure”. It all started because we were talking about the Manga, and then about the Anime. I’ve read what’s available for me to read through the library. Netflix and Hulu both have season 1 dubbed. Hulu has more seasons, but they’re only subbed at the moment.

Guys… Guys! If you’re looking for something action based, fun, and bizarre you need to check out this show.

Season 1 starts out where you meet Jonathan Joestar (Jojo 1) and Dio Brando. You get used to their adventures and really get to know the characters.

As the season develops you get really into the story and it pulls at your heart off and on and just… Diiiooooo! Ugh.

I’m so excited to get farther into the series though… Having read part of the manga means I’ve gotten to know other characters. There’s one that Vitca has been referring to as my “husbando”. Polnareff. I really like this character.

Peace for now all.

~H